Feramyces austinii – new genus!

The previously uncultured AL6 clade has now been isolated and named Feramyces. More details can be found in the associated published article, which you can find here.


What they do best…

Anaerobic fungi are very effective at breaking down complex lignocellulosic substrates, using both physical penetration and enzymatic degradation. Their enzymes are some of the most potent in the known biological world!

A case of mistaken identity…..

Did you know that despite the discovery of anaerobic fungal zoospores in the rumen being first reported back in 1910, it wasn’t until the ground breaking work of Colin Orpin in the 1970’s that they were recognised as fungi. They had been mistakenly identified as flagellated protozoa for over 60 years!